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Year: 1997 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
Dawne Tomlinson of Brookswood Secondary School in Langley created and runs an extremely successful television production course that is the envy of schools across Canada. Through arrangements with Rogers Cable and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, she gives secondary school students opportunities usually available only to those in prestigious film schools. She developed the curriculum for the course five years ago and found space in an unused welding workshop at the school to set up BackStreet Studio. The students who go through the program are in high demand in the television and film industry for jobs after graduation. Ms. Tomlinson is the driving force behind a number of other innovative projects. She started a peer counselling program, training interested students to give personal support to others, as well as Klown Kids, a travelling troupe of junior students who perform at elementary schools.